Trails of Prince Edward Island

This book will profile the majority of walking and cycling pathways on Prince Edward Island, from the 400+km Confederation Trail, to their seven Signature Nature Trails, and including some of their most attractive Scenic Heritage Roads and popular public beaches. Trails of PEI will be published in June 2015. For more information: http://www.gooselane.com/books.php?ean=9780864920485
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The lighthouse at West Point - the highest in PEI - is also an inn. It is only open in the summer, and sits next to Cedar Dunes Provincial Park and a very walkable beach.

The lighthouse at West Point - the highest in PEI - is also an inn. It is only open in the summer, and sits next to Cedar Dunes Provincial Park and a very walkable beach.

PEI National Park - Dunelands: A short trail connecting the campground to the Oceanview Lookoff near Cavendish Beach, Dunelands features a boardwalk threading between overhanging sand dunes and a barachois pond.

PEI National Park - Dunelands: A short trail connecting the campground to the Oceanview Lookoff near Cavendish Beach, Dunelands features a boardwalk threading between overhanging sand dunes and a barachois pond.

The best word to describe the scenery of PEI is 'pastoral'. This cultivated field, glowing in the bright sunlight and waving in the gentle breezes is a common sight on the Confederation Trail near Hunter River.

The best word to describe the scenery of PEI is 'pastoral'. This cultivated field, glowing in the bright sunlight and waving in the gentle breezes is a common sight on the Confederation Trail near Hunter River.

The floating boardwalk across Bowley Pond on Greenwich Dunes Trail at PEI National Park is a highlight experience.

The floating boardwalk across Bowley Pond on Greenwich Dunes Trail at PEI National Park is a highlight experience.

The beach in the National Park at Cavendish has few visitors in late October, but the scenery is no less arresting than in the summer - perhaps even more so.

The beach in the National Park at Cavendish is one my favourites. From the sandy beach to the red buffs.

PEI National Park-Homestead Trail: When the woods that line the start of this trail give way to expansive views of New London Bay, everyone stops and takes a few moments to appreciate the scenic beauty.

PEI National Park-Homestead Trail: When the woods that line the start of this trail give way to expansive views of New London Bay, everyone stops and takes a few moments to appreciate the scenic beauty.

The community of St. Peters is an attractive stopping point on the Confederation Trail, and includes a pleasant walking connection from the trail to amenities in the community.

In St. Peters, the Confederation Trail connects to shops and dining areas via a side trail.

Cape Tryon, at the mouth of New London Bay.

Cape Tryon, at the mouth of New London Bay.

Evidence of the influence of the railway on PEI life is found in many communities. In Wellington, for example, a former caboose has been repurposed as a family home - without a fresh coat of exterior paint.

Evidence of the influence of the railway on PEI life is found in many communities. In Wellington, for example, a former caboose has been repurposed as a family home - without a fresh coat of exterior paint.

One of the most enjoyable aspects of fall is the vivid colours that the maples turn as the temperature lowers. The reds, in particular, are striking.

One of the most enjoyable aspects of fall is the vivid colours that the maples turn as the temperature lowers. The reds, in particular, are striking.

At nearly 400km, the Confederation Trail is a ribbon of recreation running across PEI. Commonly known as a cycling trail, many sections are enjoyable walking routes as well, particularly in the autumn.

At nearly the Confederation Trail is a ribbon of recreation running across PEI. Commonly known as a cycling trail, many sections are enjoyable walking routes as well, particularly in the autumn.

Watch air above the uncultivated fields of PEI closely. The odds are good that you will spot a Northern Harrier ghosting low above the chest high grasses, watching for an incautious rodent with which it will make its meal.

Watch air above the uncultivated fields of PEI closely. The odds are good that you will spot a Northern Harrier ghosting low above the chest high grasses, watching for an incautious rodent with which it will make its meal.

The wildflowers growing alongside the Confederation Trail add such a wonderful component to the hiking/biking experience. These, bordering a field near Winsloe, demanded I take their picture.

The wildflowers growing alongside the Confederation Trail add such a wonderful component to the hiking/biking experience. These, bordering a field near Winsloe, demanded I take their picture.

One of the most attractive features of the 300+km Confederation Trail is the profusion of wildflowers that line its sides. In early July, these are lovely blue blossoms - name anyone? - are common.

One of the most attractive features of the Confederation Trail is the profusion of wildflowers that line its sides. In early July, these are lovely blue blossoms - name anyone?

In fall, PEI's scenic heritage roads become palettes of colour that entice walking and cycling along their secluded laneways.

In fall, PEI's scenic heritage roads become palettes of colour that entice walking and cycling along their secluded laneways.

PEI's coastline contains many kilometres of sandy beaches, ideal for nearly solitary exploration.

PEI's coastline contains many kilometres of sandy beaches, ideal for nearly solitary exploration.

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